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Heavy flooding closes Yosemite Valley to traffic

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. ” Warm weather and an unusually large, melting snowpack caused heavy flooding of the Yosemite Valley floor Monday, cutting off access into the park, officials said.

Traffic was closed until further notice, and visitors were being advised to check weather and road conditions before traveling to the park.

Some campgrounds, parking areas, and lodging facilities were affected by the water.

But rangers said they expected the flood to recede soon.

“We’d be really surprised if it lasts more than 24 hours, but no one can ever predict Mother Nature,” said Adrienne Freeman, a ranger with the park.

All campgrounds in the East Valley were also closed Monday.

Other parts of the park remained open, including the Wawona area and areas accessible through Highway 120 West including Big Oak Flat and the Merced and Tuolomne Groves of Giant Sequoias.

DENVER ” With gas prices rising and new technology available, wind energy producers gathered in Denver this week say this could be a landmark year for the industry.

But for that trend to continue they say the federal government needs to extend a tax credit due to run out at the end of the year. And they also want to see business and government work together to provide more transmission for wind farms.

A group of executives from leading energy companies participated in a panel discussion today at the American Wind Energy Association national convention. Assistant Interior Secretary Rebecca Watson told them the Bush administration supports renewable energy and the extension of the tax credits.

The issue is now being considered by Congress. The House version of the bill doesn’t contain the credit and it’s expected to be debated in the Senate this week.

SALT LAKE CITY ” Flaming Gorge Dam will be releasing high flows of water into the Green River in the next few weeks to scour sediment below the dam and improve habitat for trout and endangered native fish species.

The federal Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program has been working to save native fish in the region.

Scientists hope the releases will flood some spots to increase fish habitat.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s series of short-term experimental high flows could reach 8,500 cubic feet per second, the agency’s Salt Lake City office said.

The releases would combine with flows from the Yampa River.

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